Arts and Culture

Arts & Culture
2:04 am
Sun July 8, 2012

Nate Logsdon Rotates in Three Bands

Nate Logsdon performs with the band Mumfords during the 2012 80/35 music festival in downtown Des Moines.

It’s common for musicians to collaborate in several bands.  This weekend at the 80/35 music festival in Des Moines an active musician found himself playing in three bands during one afternoon.  Iowa Public Radio’s John Pemble followed this busy artist from one stage to the next.

Arts & Culture
2:20 am
Sat July 7, 2012

80/35 Music Festival’s Fifth Year of Alternative Music

80/35 Music Festival Project Manager Amedeo Rossi heads up the 5th music festival in downtown Des Moines.

This weekend the annual alternative music festival Eighty Thirty Five marks it’s fifth consecutive year of bringing national acts like Avett Brothers and Death Cab for Cutie to Des Moines.  For some these are new and unusual bands and festival organizers say this is one of the key reasons they put together this music event.

Arts & Culture
11:36 am
Thu July 5, 2012

Author Robert Kerr & Burlington Architectural Survey

When Joe Murphy’s wife, Linda, spies an ad for a “beautiful 3-story Victorian house in need of some TLC,” the couple jumps at the chance for their dream home. Renovating it will allow them to indulge their passion for antiques and to get closer to an era they believe was a better time. Privately, Joe hopes that the project will also fill the void that has opened within their family life.

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Arts & Culture
1:47 pm
Wed July 4, 2012

Memories of the USS Iowa

The USS Iowa in the Port of Los Angeles

One of the largest battleships to serve during World War II was the USS Iowa. Now the Iowa has found a place to rest, rather than rust, as a museum in the port of Los Angeles.  On Tuesday she welcomed many of her seamen back home. Iowa Public Radio’s Sandhya Dirks visited the ship to hear their stories.

 

Arts & Culture
7:25 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Grotto of the Redemption Turns 100

The Grotto of the Redemption in West Bend turned 100 this weekend.
Sandhya Dirks Iowa Public Radio

The Midwest is known for its roadside attractions — world's largest ear of corn, heaviest ball of twine, biggest truck stop.

But it's also home to one of the largest collections of grottoes in the world. Most of these man-made caves were created by immigrant priests at the beginning of the 20th century. And the mother of them all — encrusted in $6 million worth of semiprecious stones — is in West Bend, Iowa.

This weekend, the Grotto of the Redemption turned 100.

Arts & Culture
1:24 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Iowa Opera House Project

Sam Knudson on the opera house stage at the Weiting Theater in Toledo Iowa.

In the early 20th century Iowa had close to 1,000 opera houses but now only a few hundred are still standing and many of them are abandoned.  This summer an Iowa musician is doing a series of performances in restored opera houses highlighting these building’s historic value while showcasing contemporary musicians. 

Arts & Culture
7:00 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Railroad enthusiasts flocking to Iowa

For nine days, starting next week, Iowa will be railroad heaven for fans of old trains. Thousands of people will be climbing aboard, photographing, or just admiring the romance of an earlier time. An organization of railroad buffs is bringing its national meeting to Iowa for the first time.

Arts & Culture
9:15 pm
Sun June 10, 2012

Cedar Rapids Mural Reveals Post Flood Optimism

Tom Torluemke and his mural "You Know, We're all in this Together" in a gallery at the CSPS in Cedar Rapids.

Last Friday a new painting was unveiled in Cedar Rapids titled “You Know, We’re all in This Together”.  The work features dozens of optimistic community members in a scene about a city still recovering from the devastating flood of 2008.

Arts & Culture
3:35 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Depot Spared

A 100 year old railroad depot set for demolition this summer, will instead be the site of a birthday party. The Gilbertville Depot now belongs to a non-profit organization which is hoping to re-open it as a stop along the Cedar Valley Nature Trail.  Iowa Public Radio’s Pat Blank talks with the group’s Dick DeWater.  The birthday event is set for the afternoon of July 7th.

 

 

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Arts & Culture
7:36 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Got Government Data? There's an App for That

You might have heard about the Drake Relays this weekend. Turns out there was another kind of relay going on - a race to make phone and computer applications - using government data.

The event was called the Open Iowa Code-a-thon. It involved around 50 people, 52 sets of data, and approximately 54 hours to get it done. Government agencies made information available, so coders could capture open-source data to turn into useful applications.

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Arts
5:00 am
Wed April 18, 2012

Saving a Sullivan?

First Christian Church in Cedar Rapids, which may have been designed, in part, by Louis Sullivan.
Friends of Historic Preservation

In Cedar Rapids, there’s a fight to save an historic church some believe was designed by one of America’s greatest architects. But time is running out until the building is demolished…for a parking lot. Iowa Public Radio’s Kate Wells reports.

Arts
6:57 am
Mon April 16, 2012

Grinnell College Choir Commissions Work

Composer Mohammed Fairouz, working with musicians at Grinnell College.
Grinnell College

A young composer who is seen by many as an up-and-coming talent will soon have his new piece performed on the East Coast.  His work was written for and premiered this spring by the Grinnell College choir.  It combines the unlikely pairing of Irish poetry about Iowa with biblical passages about an apocalypse sung in Arabic.

Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Fri April 13, 2012

Petersen's Panthers

One of Christian Petersen's Panthers, soon to be on its way to Iowa State University.

A shipment of precious cargo will begin its journey from the east coast to Iowa tomorrow morning. Crouching on 2 pallets inside a box-truck, are a pair of panthers; they were sculpted by one of Iowa’s most famous artists. The lost-and-found story is told by Iowa Public Radio’s Rick Fredericksen.

Arts & Culture
5:00 am
Fri March 30, 2012

Christopher the Conquered Releases New Album at Mission Creek Festival

Christopher Ford, from the band “Christopher the Conquered”, sitting in downtown Iowa City during the 2012 Mission Creek Festival.
John Pemble

Des Moines based indie rock musician Chris Ford is trying out a new venue for releasing his new CD. Instead of a typical release party or concert, he’s unveiling the work at a venue that brings musicians together with authors and visual artists during a weeklong event -- the Mission Creek Festival in Iowa City.

 

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Arts & Culture
5:00 am
Thu March 29, 2012

Ames Piano Quartet Retirements

For thirty six years the Ames Piano Quartet has been Iowa State University’s resident chamber music ensemble. Their accomplishments include worldwide tours and a discography of fifteen releases. Next month, two of the founding members will retire resulting in the biggest personnel change in the quartet’s history.

Arts and Culture
12:00 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Independent Film Company “Iowa Filmmakers"

Paul David Benedict, Scott Siepker, and Brandon Dunphy make short movies as the company "Iowa Filmmakers". They are on location for their short film titled "Quiet Forest".
Photo by John Pemble

Many movies are created by large studios for theaters and television, but a group of Iowa film makers launched a small movie production company with the plan of only using the Internet to reach an audience. With small a budget and help from volunteers they’ve had their first taste of success on a national level.



 

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Arts and Culture
11:00 pm
Thu July 28, 2011

Being Muslim in Iowa: Elkader's Muslim Connection

Arts and Culture
11:00 pm
Mon July 25, 2011

Being Muslim in Iowa: Some Myths

Arts and Culture
11:00 pm
Sun July 24, 2011

Being Muslim in Iowa: Their History

Arts and Culture
6:00 am
Wed May 25, 2011

Being a Veteran in Iowa: Veterans Band

This week, Iowa Public Radio has been taking a look at what it means to be a military veteran in the state. Iowa Public Radio reporter Rob Dillard has met with military service organizations and health-care providers in an attempt to uncover issues that face many veterans on their return to civilian life. Now, he takes on a lighter topic. Rob has found a bunch of Iowa veterans who are in the entertainment business – tooting horns, pounding drums and bringing joy to audiences statewide.

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Arts and Culture
6:00 am
Tue May 24, 2011

Being a Veteran in Iowa: Service Organizations

This week, Iowa Public Radio has been taking a look at what it means to be a military veteran in the state. Today, reporter Rob Dillard talks with members of military service organizations. Nationwide, these groups have struggled to maintain membership levels in recent time. Some of the smaller chapters are in danger of disappearing altogether. In Iowa, however, Rob found they continue to play an important role in the social lives of many veterans and their families.

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Arts and Culture
1:00 pm
Fri April 1, 2011

Being Latino in Iowa

All this week we’ve been hearing what it’s like “Being Latino in Iowa” from Iowa Public Radio’s Rob Dillard. This hour, we top off the series with discussion about the pull many Iowa Latinos feel between the need to assimilate into American culture and the desire to hold on to their heritage. Rob Dillard will join us. Also, JoAnn Mackey, Executive Director of Latino Resources; Juan Pena of New Life Furniture in Des Moines; and Nancy Gardner, Principal of West Liberty Elementary School, a school with the only dual language program in the state.

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Arts and Culture
12:00 am
Thu March 31, 2011

Being Latino in Iowa: Quinceañeras

This week, Iowa Public Radio has been exploring Latino life in the state as part of the series, “Being in Iowa.” Today we learn about a celebration that is the major date on the social calendars for many young Latinas – especially those from Mexican heritage. It happens right around the time a girl turns 15. As Iowa Public Radio's Rob Dillard reports, families often spare no expense in honoring this coming-of-age event.

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Arts & Culture
5:00 am
Wed March 30, 2011

Being Latino in Iowa: Latino Food

More and more Latino groceries and restaurants have opened in cities and towns across the state in recent years. As Rob Dillard reports, they are offering an array of new flavors to many Iowans.

Being in Iowa is funded in part by The Principal Financial Group Foundation.

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Arts & Culture
5:00 am
Tue March 29, 2011

Being Latino in Iowa: Spanish Language Media

Latino immigrants have wielded a huge influence over the media landscape in Iowa. Twenty years ago when they first began to arrive looking for work, almost all of the newspapers they saw and broadcast outlets they heard were delivered in English. But as Iowa Public Radio's Rob Dillard tells us, these days it's nearly impossible to scan a radio dial or walk by a newspaper stand without noticing some content in Spanish.

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Arts & Culture
5:00 am
Mon March 28, 2011

Being Latino in Iowa: Impact on Small Towns

"Being in Iowa" starts with a series on "Being Latino in Iowa." Reporter Rob Dillard will bring us stories about how this growing minority group is transforming some aspects of life here. Latinos now make up five percent of Iowa's overall population, numbering more than 152,000. That's a nearly 84% increase since 2000. Many of these newcomers are settling in rural areas of the state. Rob starts his series by looking at how that's altering the character of small-town Iowa.

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Arts and Culture
11:00 pm
Tue January 11, 2011

Superman Comic #707 Set in Des Moines

For 72 years the comic book Superman has told the story about a superhero who hides his identity as a mild mannered newspaper reporter named Clark Kent. Recent issues have a story arc where Superman is traveling across the country trying to reconnect with those he protects. In the newest issue released today the Man of Steel fights crime in downtown Des Moines but instead of being praised Superman's credibility is being questioned.

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Arts and Culture
11:00 pm
Tue July 20, 2010

Harvester Artspace Lofts & Art Funding in Council Bluffs

Next month the Harvester Artspace lofts will open in Council Bluffs and by the end of the year thirty six units will house artists in a live / work environment. It's one of a few dozen artist lofts in the country overseen by Artspace a non profit real estate developer based in Minnesota. Tonight, the public gets their first look at the New Harvester lofts. It's part of an effort in Council Bluffs to use art to stimulate the economy and move the city forward.

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Arts and Culture
11:00 pm
Sun July 18, 2010

Colts Compete in West Des Moines

Some college kids spend their summers working a part time job, an internship, or going back home to relax but some choose to spend every day of the summer committing to a rigorous training and performance environment. This is the life of a drum and bugle corps member rehearsing and competing across the country from Memorial day through the middle of August. Last night six world class drum and bugle corps competed in West Des Moines including the Colts from Dubuque.

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Arts and Culture
11:00 pm
Wed July 14, 2010

American Dream Machine

Despite the sluggish auto economy, sales never did slow down for an exclusive Iowa car dealership. In fact, the company has attracted some of the nation's biggest celebrities. Iowa Public Radio's Rick Fredericksen reports from American Dream Machines.

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